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Breath on the Window Pane

Breath on the Window Pane



Vasilis Papatheodorou

Kedros Publishers, 2007
273 p.
ISBN 978-960-04-3427-9, [In Print]
Price € 12,22

National Literary Prize for Children's Literature [2008]

A few years into the future, a society recognizably like ours trades comfort and security for personal liberty. Youngsters can spend all day on the Internet but aren’t allowed go outdoors. Armed helicopters enforce curfews, supposedly to repel attacks by dangerous outsiders who are confined to a separate zone. Rosa is fretful from being cooped up at home while sirens and shots sound outside. Her father strives to accumulate merit points at the telecoms company where a promotion lets him in on terrifying secrets. When her brother Alec, entitled to leave the house because he is a student, witnesses and unwittingly videos a shooting, he discovers the true nature of the regime and the deceptions it practises to stay in power. But it is Rosa, discovering she can send messages to neighbours by writing in the mist her breath leaves on the window pane, who sparks an unexpected rebellion. (Ithaca Online, www.ekebi.gr)

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